1996/0082 A cave Dreaming

A cave Dreaming

Artist

Anatjari TJAKAMARRA
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1938
 in
Northern Territory
Death:
1992

Artwork

Title
A cave Dreaming
Date
1972
Medium/Material
powdered pigment and synthetic polymer binder on composition board
Dimensions
66.2 x 57.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the BHP Community Trust, Art Gallery of Western Australian Foundation, 1996
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1996/0082
Currently not on display

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The sparseness of this painting is indicative of the essential linear symbolism that lies at the heart of much of the Central Desert aesthetic. The use of only three colours (black, white and red) gives the composition a starkness which appears as a dominant characteristic of Anatjari Tjakamarra's work. The construction of the composition around a series of concentric squares introduces the illusion of three-dimensionality, which led some early commentators to draw comparisons with aspects of 1960s Op Art.While maintaining a strong adherence to his traditional artistic roots, Anatjari developed a compositional complexity which finds a strong resonance with much contemporary art throughout the world. This feature of his work remains one of many mysteries of a style of art that has developed over thousands of years.

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